The maximum class size is 24 students. There are two qualified staff members, an Early Childhood Teacher and a fully qualified assistant. The students attend during school hours for a 5 day fortnight. There are two air-conditioned classrooms available to the one Kindy class which allows room for large areas in dramatic play, art, science, construction and an open area for group times. The Kindy class has their own enclosed playground with specialist equipment designed for our Perceptual Motor Program.
Our Kindy class follows The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline which is based on The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. We create environments that support children to learn through play, real-life engagements, routines and transitions. The students have access to specialist teachers each week for Library and Music. The weekly program includes explicit teaching in Science, Numeracy, Literacy, P.E., Art and behavioural learning. An integrated approach to learning is followed within units of work. The Learning Outcomes are also met through play as the students are encouraged to explore and problem solve.
Learning Through Play
Latest research shows that young children are able to think and function at a higher level when they play. With this in mind we ensure that specific times during the day are set aside for many types of play including exploratory, dramatic, cooperative and investigative play. Teachers scaffold students’ learning whilst they are engaged in meaningful play.
Programs have been put into place which facilitate social and language skills. The students are shown how to be more independent and responsible for their belongings, their actions and their environment. These programs include Shared Learning Time, Bunny Foo Foo, class job chart and learning through games, pictures, books, discussions and role play.
Access to School Resources
The Kindy class attends the Junior Assembly each week and has access to the tuck-shop orders, school banking and use of the permaculture garden.